Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Queen Mary’s High School

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Local Offer and Policy Statement

The new Special Educational Needs and Disabilities code of Practice was laid before parliament on 11th June 2014 and approved by both houses on 29th July 2014. It came in to force on 1st September 2014.

The key principles of the new legislation are;

1. Young people and their families should be involved in discussions about the support they need, so they can share their knowledge and feed back to the school on the young person’s progress.

2. A new birth to 25 Education, Health and Care plans (EHCP) will replace Statements of Special Educational Needs. New assessments for additional educational needs will follow the EHCP guidelines from September 2014. (Existing statements will remain in force until all children and young people have completed the transition, which will be within three years).

3. School Action and School Action Plus will cease and be replaced by a single school-based category for children who need extra specialist support.

4. Co-operation between all the services that support children and their families and particularly requiring local authorities and health authorities to work together; requiring local authorities to involve children, young people and parents in reviewing and developing provision for those with special educational needs and to publish a ‘local offer’ of support.

Queen Mary’s High School is well placed to adopt these changes and looks forward to working with pupils, parent and carers to ensure fully inclusive access to our education

What is the Local Offer?

  • The Local Offer was first introduced in the Green Paper (March 2011) as ‘a local offer of all services available to support disabled children and children with SEN and their families. This easy to understand information will set out what is normally available in schools to help children with lower-level SEN as well as the options available to support families who need additional help to care for their child.’

What will it do

  • The Local Offer to provide parents/carers with information about how to access services in their area, and what they can expect from those services. With regard to Education, it will let parents/ carers and young people know how school and colleges will support them, and what they can expect across the local settings.
  • Walsall Education’s Local offer can be found here http://www.mywalsall.org/ckfinder/userfiles/files/Walsall%20Education%20Local%20Offer.pdf

Queen Mary’s High School is wholly committed to the Local Offer and our arrangments for identifying, assessing and making provision for pupils with SEND can be found here School SEND Information Report and Policy statement 2021


There are four types of SEND recognised amongst our pupils;

  • Pupils with physical, sensory or communication difficulties.
  • Pupils with some specific learning difficulty of a comparatively minor nature e.g. Dyslexia.
  • Pupils with long-term medical conditions.
  • Pupils with emotional or psychological disturbances e.g. bereavement, eating disorders, depression.

We follow the Code of Practice on the identification and assessment of Special Educational Needs. All departments at Queen Mary’s High School have a responsibility in consulting Individual Profiles and Provision Plans and consider our SEND pupils in both their Schemes of Work and daily planning. Staff are frequently updated on the needs of our pupils.

What pupils and parents have said about the support that they receive from school;

“The meetings are held at great times and targets are reviewed regularly.

“The quality of the reviews are excellent.”

“We highly value the support from the SEN team and QM staff.”

At Queen Mary’s High School we feel that it is important to raise awareness of SEND. As such, a group of students were asked to produce advice and guidance on a range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

You can view their helpful fact files here: